Disaster and Emergency News and Resources for Housing Counselors

This page contains a collection of news, resources, and guidance to assist housing counselors with response and recovery efforts specific to disasters and emergencies. Launched in 2017 following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, this page is updated frequently with the latest information and links related to each new disaster that occurs.

All HUD participating housing counseling agencies impacted by disasters and emergencies are encouraged to review the Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness Resources located on the HUD Exchange. It contains disaster recovery and emergency preparedness resources specifically for housing counseling programs and provides immediate access to the:

Reminder: Housing Counseling Handbook 7610.1, Chapter 5-11, B. 3-d, requires when any aspect of an agency’s purpose is impaired and can no longer comply with programmatic requirements, regulations or grant agreement (e.g., not functioning due to a disaster or emergency) the agency must notify HUD (their point of contact) within 15 days. Please send your questions to housing.counseling@hud.gov. Please type “DART” on the subject line.


Disaster Recovery Toolkit

Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Toolkit

How HUD Helps After a Disaster

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President Donald J. Trump Directs FEMA Support Under Emergency Declaration for COVID-19

On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to Sec. 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”). This increases federal support to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its role as the lead federal agency for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response. As a result of the President’s decisive, unprecedented action, FEMA is directed to assist state, local, tribal, territorial governments and other eligible entities with the health and safety actions they take on behalf of the American public.

Read the full emergency declaration.

Measuring Disaster Preparedness with 2017 AHS Data

In this leadership message from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), director of housing and demographic analysis Shawn Bucholtz discusses the 2017 American Housing Survey (AHS) results as they relate to disaster preparedness. According to the survey, there are disparities in the level of preparedness between households in different geographic regions, households of different age groups, and renter verses owner households. The AHS began asking questions about preparedness in 2013 and revised the questions with assistance from FEMA in 2017.

Read the full article about Measuring Disaster Preparedness with 2017 AHS Data.

Housing Counseling Disaster Resources

HUD Resources

Other Organizations' Resources

Disaster Recovery Trainings

For upcoming housing counseling trainings, check the Housing Counseling Training Digest, updated weekly.


For a complete list of Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Webinars, visit Housing Counseling Webinar Archive: Select Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Section.

Recent FEMA Declarations

Read the 2019 and 2020 disaster declarations made by FEMA where individual assistance is offered:

Disaster Incident Period Declaration Date
Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
March 3, 2020 March 5, 2020
South Dakota Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
September 9-26, 2019 November 18, 2019
Texas Tropical Storm Imelda
September 17-23, 2019 October 4, 2019
Texas Severe Storms and Flooding
June 24-25, 2019 July 17, 2019
Ohio Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, Flooding, Landslides, And Mudslide (DR-4447) May 27-29, 2019 June 18, 2019
Arkansas Severe Storms and Flooding
May 21 - June 14, 2019 June 8, 2019
South Dakota Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding
March 13 - April 26, 2019 June 7, 2019
Oklahoma Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, and Flooding
May 7 - June 9, 2019  June 1, 2019
Iowa Severe Winter Storm and Flooding
March 12 - June 15, 2019 March 23, 2019
Nebraska Severe Winter Storm, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
March 9 - April 1, 2019 March 21, 2019

For a complete list of FEMA Declarations, visit the FEMA webpage.

2017 Major Disasters

California Fires

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Nate